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RISM A-Z: Lucia Facchinelli

Today, F is for Lucia Facchinelli, an Italian singer who flourished between 1724 and 1739. Very little is known about her; of the major reference works she receives only 11 lines in the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and just a few more in the Großes Sängerlexikon. The soprano's first...

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RISM A-Z: Frederick the Great

Music at the court of Frederick the Great has fascinated scholars for decades and a flury of activity arose when "Old Fritz" celebrated his tercentenary in 2012, with books, concerts, and conferences around the world. Work from our colleagues at RISM Germany even turned up an autograph...

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RISM A-Z: Elizaveta, Elisabeth, and Elizabeth

Today, our series RISM from A-Z takes us on a journey that spans three centuries as we visit the lives of an Elizaveta, Elisabeth, and Elizabeth. The first is Elizaveta Alexievna (1779-1826), the Empress of Russia. She was born Princess Louise of Baden (Germany) and married Alexander I of Russia....

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RISM A-Z: Robert Eitner

We are pleased to present the following article written by our intern, Martin Bierwisch: Who hasn't heard of Robert Eitner (1832-1905)? If you are a musicologist, it's hard to avoid him and his Biographisch-Bibliographisches Quellenlexikon (Bio-Bibliographical Source Lexicon). This work also...

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RISM A-Z: Matthew Dubourg

Today, our series RISM from A to Z brings us to Matthew Dubourg. Though there are only 7 works by him in the RISM database, one of those is a digitized copy of his Violin Concerto in D major, for which no published edition had previously existed. For RISM's concert "An Evening of Irish...

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RISM A-Z: Olga Diener

Who was Olga Diener? The RISM database contains 236 works by Swiss composer Olga Diener (1890-1963), most in her own hand, all held by the Swiss National Library (CH-BEl). Many of the pieces are either for string quartet or piano...

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RISM A-Z: François Couperin

Where are Couperin's harpsichord manuscripts? And why?

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RISM A-Z: Francesca Caccini

The series RISM A-Z is moving on to the letter C, which today stands for the Baroque composer and performer Francesca Caccini (1587-c.1640). She was a musica in the Medici court in Florence from 1607 to 1627 and from 1633 to 1641: a composer, singer, instrumentalist, voice teacher, and concert...

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RISM A-Z: Carlo Broschi (Farinelli)

Carlo Broschi (1705-1782), known to most people as Farinelli, was the celebrated Italian castrato who was widely admired all across Europe. RISM has around 150 sources mentioning him as a singer, including arias, operas, duets, and a cantata. Farinelli also composed a little: there are nine pieces...

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RISM A-Z: Minna Brandes

Today, the letter B stands for Minna Brandes (1765-1788), a German composer and singer whose compositions attracted attention mainly because she died so young. She was born in Berlin to a theatrical family and died only 23 years later in Hamburg. As a singer, actress, and fortepianist, she was well...

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